Website development

 

The process of website development is a complex technologic procedure which consists of the series of steps connected between each other that can be done consequentially or at the same time. Every stage needs an experienced and professional approach towards the task solution, which implies understanding the whole process in general as well as the adjacent stages on each level of interaction.

Project planning and specification

In order to begin site development, it needs to be clarified what tasks the site will fulfill, what info should be published and which services have to be open to the visitors. To determine the above we prepare the marketing plan of the project, where key clauses and main functions are settled, as well as type of the site is being selected. The result of such marketing plan is a specification where we explain clearly every detail of the future project, its appearance, structure, number of sections and pages, possible actions of the visitors in each section. Specification is an essential part of the agreement. It also serves as the standpoint for the developers. Project completion is evaluated in accordance with specification too.

Site appearance creation

This stage includes complexity of actions which determine the way your website is going to look like to its visitors. Site design is being developed. Our designer will draw all the mock-ups of the main pages, create animated parts of the design, and connect the functional elements with the navigation into one picture that altogether represents the goals and tasks of the website. Design has to be approved by the client and has to be signed by the parties once the job of the designer is complete.

After this stage is done, the signed document also becomes an inseparable part of the agreement.

Upon design approval there comes the stage of html markup and CSS styling of all operational html mock-ups of the site. This implies turning the mock-ups into html files and will enable design access through the web browser. At the time of markup and styling we perform cross-browser html code adaptation for the site to be displayed correctly in all current web browsers.

Management system implementation and site programming

A contemporary website is a complicated system consisting of many separate elements – functional modules. You can manage this system by managing algorithms which are combined into one content management system (CMS). As a rule CMS is a separate program product distributed for free or at minimum charge and is integrated into site html and CSS markup and set up for each site separately. Quite often CMS is developed especially for specific website. In this case CMS development can be performed alongside with the design.

The process of CMS implementation and setup is a complicated procedure well compared to the site programming itself and needs specific knowledge of technologies used in CMS.

This stage includes development of all processes, that are executed on the server which are responsible for functionality and site sections access by the visitors.

Site content and testing

Once we are done with CMS implementation and programming of all the modules we can now go to the final part of the development – filling up the website with content.

Here we need to have all the materials that are going to be published on the website handy, such as texts for sections and pages, pictures for the photo-galleries etc. The whole bundle should be ready before we start site development and it’s either you do it or you can order copywriting services from us. If you order from us, we can do the job while we work on programming.

Concurrently with filling up the website with the required information, we also test the management system and all services open to the visitors, its editors, moderators and administrators. As a rule this job is done by a couple of people which gives us the possibility to exclude all the probable errors and bugs, that might come up at the time of site development.

Time frames and cost

Time for website development is determined by its complexity. The major determining point here is the type of the site. The more you deviate from the standard presentation the longer it is going to take. Big projects may be divided into stages where each stage represents working sites with future development.

Cost is based on the specification for site development and time frames depending on site complexity. Cost can also be changed in case you want the website within tight schedule.

Website’s life after its development

Website can be considered as complete, once all the items from the specification are done and the site itself meets the client’s requirements. After this solemn event your website can be published on the net and start its own virtual life.

But you can’t just forget about it right away. Like everything else in this world, your website needs to grow and progress, remain interesting to your customers. It also needs information updates as well as functionality, receive on-time support if it is necessary. Your visitors and search engines also like such updates. It is quite possible that after some time you would like to add something to it. By updating your website and developing your internet resource consistently,  you will always have an up to date and interesting source of information. It will instantly drive more visitors to your website and it will hold on to the top positions in the search engines in its topic.

WEB industry
07.08.2011